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Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants

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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program has rental units available for qualified applicants, including several one-bedroom units, in various communities. The ADU Rental Program, administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, provides opportunities to individuals and families to rent efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units at a substantially lower rental price than the market rental rate. Fourteen apartment complexes in Loudoun participate in the program. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners

January 10, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners
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Residents Asked to Verify Vehicle Information Online for 2016 Tax Year

Robert S. Wertz Jr., Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, has mailed notification of 2016 personal property filing requirements to all vehicle owners currently on the county’s tax rolls. Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, campers, trailers, boats, motorhomes, aircraft, and mobile homes. This week, residents will begin receiving notices in the mail with an account number and instructions that they will use to review and update their personal property tax records for the 2016 tax year. The online process allows citizens to review and update information on the more than 350,000 vehicles now located in the county. Citizens can access their personal property information online at www.loudoun.gov/efile utilizing their tax identification number, ZIP code and unique account number contained on the notice. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

December 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
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Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will fulfill the duties of the Mayor until an interim appointment is made.

Kristen Umstattd tendered her resignation as Mayor of Leesburg, effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, Umstattd will take office as the Leesburg District Supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. … Continue Reading

Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’

December 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’
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This holiday season, the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services Prevention/ Intervention team is once again partnering with Loudoun County Girl Scouts and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to provide gifts and other resources to families throughout Loudoun County. The program, “Project Elf,” was developed seven years ago by Bethann Laign, then Service Unit Manager of Girl Scouts Unit 70-9 in Leesburg.

The Girl Scouts of Loudoun County Service Unit 70 have ”adopted” families currently receiving case management services through MHSADS Prevention/ Intervention. More than 100 troops are participating to provide holiday gifts and clothing for each family member. Each troop has either adopted one family, or in some cases, two troops have shared in the adoption of a larger family. Loudoun Girl Scouts have been busy wrapping each gift, then dropping them off at the Mental Health Center in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Ladies Host Lights of Love

November 28, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Ladies Host Lights of Love
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The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital will celebrate the gift of loved ones at the annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the atrium at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Lansdowne campus.

“We invite members of the community, hospital workers, patients, and of course, friends and family of those honored to join us,” said Carolyn Clark, chairman of the Lights of Love Program. At the ceremony the Lights of Love tree will be lighted, the names of those honored or memorialized during this year will be read, and those present will light candles as names are read. The Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir directed by William Rosenfeld will provide music. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign

November 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce their participation in the 68th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2013, Marines collected and distributed over 16.8 million toys to children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season.

From Friday, November 20 thru Tuesday, December 15, Fire and Rescue stations across the county will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys. Please note that toys resembling weapons or toys that could potentially be used as a weapon (i.e. guns, knives, swords, etc.) will not be accepted. To make a monetary donation online, visit the official website at http://www.toysfortots.org/donate.

For additional information, please contact the LCFR Toys for Tots Coordinator, Technician Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723, via e-mail at rob.boyer@loudoun.gov or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire
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The Virginia State Corporation Commission held a series of local hearings in late October for Dominion Power’s proposed Poland Road transmission line project in Loudoun County. The 230kV double-circuit transmission line is designed to serve a large new data center, and is comprised of a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way. The line would be located along Route 50 near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 606, bordering Washington Dulles International Airport.

Opponents of the proposed alignment include the Stone Springs Hospital Center and John Edgewood of Greenworks Landscaping, whose retail business would lose some of its facilities due to power line easement requirements. The project is also opposed by South Riding Proprietary president Kevin Turner, who has argued that the Route 50 corridor should be protected as a gateway to Loudoun’s wine country, and “ … is not to meant to be the New Jersey Turnpike of Loudoun County.” … Continue Reading

Soaring Ambulance Fees Hit County Residents

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
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By Patrick J. Sloyan

Once the siren rattles this village, citizens flock to the Fighting Fifth, the nickname for Hamilton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 5. An ambulance call means a team of three scrambles into the white and green van. They are as trained in life-saving skills as any big city ambulance crew. Heart attacks, choking babies, grisly highway wrecks—they have been doing without charge for 70 years.

All that changed this summer when the Fighting Fifth’s ambulance crews were forced to charge hapless patients as much as $770 to get to Loudoun hospitals. Unhappy was Jamil Scott, the Rescue Company’s ambulance chief saw the fees as a blow to Hamilton’s volunteer spirit. “Community service and dedication, “ said Scott, proudly. He is an ex-Marine and an accountant with deep misgivings with the new cash and carry policy. … Continue Reading

Lights Up at Franklin Park

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Lights Up at Franklin Park
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Over two decades ago Loudoun County purchased 203 acres of farmland now known as Franklin Park. After meetings with the surrounding neighbors the county promised to keep the upper fields as passive recreation fields to protect the existing neighbors. This meant no lighted fields on the upper plateau of Franklin Park.

This promise was part of the Master Plan and Conditions of Approval. The lighted ball fields were kept on the lower fields. Supervisor Janet Clarke requested a Special Exception for lights on the upper fields early in her term and in late October, 16 poles went up at a cost of $1.75 million.

Names Sought for Parks

September 30, 2015 Loudoun County, News 2 comments
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process for naming three new county parks.

One park site is located in the Broad Run election district, south of Marblehead Drive in the Potomac Green community. The property includes approximately 27 acres with three rectangular athletic fields, one baseball/softball field, trails, open space, a picnic pavilion and tennis court, restrooms and parking.

Another property consists of approximately 61 acres along Goose Creek in the Blue Ridge election district, adjacent to the Belmont Glen Village community. This passive park site will feature picnic areas and a trail that connects to the Goose Creek Preserve and adjacent communities, as part of the Goose Creek Stream Valley Corridor. … Continue Reading

Loudoun, Frederick County Schools Awarded School Safety Grant Funds

September 30, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun, Frederick County Schools Awarded School Safety Grant Funds
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Loudoun and Frederick County schools will both receive a total of $38,996 in grants for safety improvements as part of the School Security Equipment Grant program established by the General Assembly in 2013.

“This has been re-authorized by the General Assembly each year since 2013, and I expect it will continue as long as we see a need exists for these improvements and local school systems have a hard time covering them. Keeping kids safe in school is a commonsense investment,” said Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd District) of the funding.

The funding in the two counties is allocated to Aldie Elementary, Banneker Elementary, Emerick Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Lovettsville Elementary, Meadowland Elementary, Waterford Elementary, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, James Wood High, Sherando High and Stonewall Elementary. Although Clarke County schools did not receive an allocation this year, three Clarke schools received a total of $67,223 last year.

“This is just one example of how we’re working to make Virginia a safer place,” LaRock said. The General Assembly also approved a pay raise for state police, funding to provide targeted services to seriously mentally ill patients, and funding for new behavioral health community services and six new drop-off centers.

Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact

September 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact
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Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens is pleased to announce that the 1835 jury drum belonging to the Historic Records Division has been picked by museum and archival professionals as one of the top ten honorees in the Virginia Association of Museums 2015 Endangered Artifacts program.

Twenty six museums, archives and libraries from Virginia took part in this year’s Endangered Artifact program. The two-round process for picking the ten most endangered artifacts started with the People’s Choice phase, where members of the general public voted for their favorite artifact. In the first round, the jury drum received 2,986 votes. … Continue Reading

Work on Route 7-659 Interchange to Begin; Loudoun County Launches Web Page for Updates

September 15, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Work on Route 7-659 Interchange to Begin; Loudoun County Launches Web Page for Updates
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The Loudoun County government has issued a “notice to proceed” for the Route 7/Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange and widening project. Work on the interchange at the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road is planned for 36 months. The county has launched a web page at www.loudoun.gov/Route7-659 to keep the public informed about the project as it progresses.

The Route 7/Route 659 intersection is currently an at-grade intersection with traffic signals. The intersection is being designed for a grade-separated interchange in accordance with the Countywide Transportation Plan. The project also includes approximately 1.4 miles of reconstruction of Belmont Ridge Road from two-lanes to a four-lane divided section from the interchange limits at Route 7 to Gloucester Parkway. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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